Dreaming of pristine white sand beaches, palm trees and crystal clear blue sea? If you are looking for the ultimate paradise during your vacation in Bali, look no further than the Nusa Lembongan beaches!
While there are some incredible beaches on the mainland of Bali, there is something special about the tropical vibes and island feels that makes Nusa Lembongan trip all worthwhile.
If you can squeeze in a few days in your Bali itinerary, don’t miss this stunning destination.
I have visited Nusa Lembongan Bali several times over the last 10 years, and even though I have seen to some beautiful islands all over Southeast Asia, Lembongan remains one of my favorites.
In this post, I will share with you the top 5 Nusa Lembongan beaches and tips you should know about the locations so that you have the most incredible time during your tropical getaway!
How to Get to Nusa Lembongan from Bali
Nusa Lembongan Bali is only a short, 30-minute fast boat ride to the east of the mainland.
Check out this detailed guide for more info on the fast boats from Sanur to Lembongan so that you can be well informed and prepared for the trip 😉
When the boat reaches Lembongan, you will either end up on south Jugut Batu beach or Mushroom bay. From there, you can easily rent a scooter for about IDR 70,000/day to explore the many magical destinations on the island. If you are visiting during the slow season, you may be able to negotiate a lower price for the bike rental.
If you are on a tight schedule, you can still enjoy this beautiful paradise with a Lembongan island day trip cruise or an island hopping day trip to all 3 Nusa islands, includig the sister islands Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Penida!
I have worked with Bali Hai before, and they are a top-notch operator with great, professional staff!
Otherwise, if you are on exploring the island on your own, you can see the lay of the land below.
Nusa Lembongan beaches map:
#1. Dream Beach Nusa Lembongan
Dream Beach is a bay about 60 meters long, with cliffs surrounding the shore on both sides. On a sunny day, the blue colors of the ocean, the pristine white sand, and the surrounding cliff drop-offs are absolutely mesmerizing.
But, Dream Beach can get crowded.
With truckloads of tourists that get dropped off at nearby Devil’s Tear, many stop by Dream Beach for the famous Bali swing photos or other Insta-worthy shots around the beach.
Dream Beach IS touristy, I won’t lie.
But with the recent spike in tourism on this tropical destination and given the small size of Nusa Lembongan, it’s nearly impossible to escape the crowd these days anyway.
Since you are going to be stuck with other tourists anyway, wouldn’t you rather be lying on a white sand beach, staring into endless turquoise waters, and listening to crashing waves while working on that bronze tan?
Despite the mixed reviews of this beach, I love Dream Beach.
The beach is free and open to the public. There are some steep (very steep) stone steps to get down to the beach. Even though there are only 10 steps or so, if you have bad knees or have other physical limitations, it may be difficult for you to access this beach.
The waves at Dream Beach varies from season to season, but generally, the waves are quite strong. As there are no lifeguards here (or on the entire island for that matter), be very careful – the currents around the Nusa islands are notorious for being powerful and unpredictable.
Also, use caution when entering the water. The bottom is covered in many rocks, pebbles, and broken corals.
There is no public toilet or facilities.
However, 2 restaurants are available at Dream Beach
- Dream Beach Huts
For IDR 50,000 per person, you can access the resort’s infinity pool and the lounge chairs. You can also order food and beverages at the pool bar.
- Dream Beach Villas & Restaurant
The restaurant is located on the east side of the beach after you walk past the Dream Beach Huts. Serving a great selection of refreshments (beer, coconuts, and fresh juices) and food, it’s a nice spot to take a lunch break from the heat if you decide to make a beach day at Dream Beach.
Since cliffs enclose Dream Beach on both sides, you can take a short hike to the cliffs to get an entirely different angle of the beach (and it’s equally stunning!)
The cliffs to the west are close to Devil’s Tear and can be busy with the truckloads of day trippers that come through during the day. But if you avoid the peak hours (about 10 am to 4 pm), you can enjoy the views here in peace.
There are also cliffs on the other side – the east side, behind the Dream Beach Villas & Restaurant – and only a handful of people make their way to that side of the beach. I spent a good amount of time there soaking in the views by myself, with little distraction from other visitors!
#2. Mushroom Beach Nusa Lembongan
While Mushroom Beach is nice enough for a visit, the south end is extremely busy with local boat operators, day trip traffic and fast boat transfers from Sanur.
At Bali Hai Beach Club, there are a few bean bags that you can use if you order some drinks or snacks from the restaurant. It’s a nice little corner on the beach where you can enjoy people-watching and gazing into the horizon of local boats floating in the never-ending blue.
Otherwise, if you want to enjoy a nice quiet day at the beach, head to the north end away from all the businesses and crowds. There is a small section of Mushroom Beach (which some people refer to as Secret Beach) that is secluded in its own corner, and you’d probably see just a handful of fellow beach bums enjoying their piece of paradise.
If you decide t head to this hidden corner, make sure you take some water with you, as there are no stores or restaurants along this tiny section of paradise.
#3. Sunset Beach Nusa Lembongan
This beach is actually the Sandy Beach located at Sandy Bay but has picked up a nickname for its epic sunset views.
The setup of this beach is similar to Dream Beach, perhaps just slightly longer at about 80ish meters. Cliffs also enclose the bay at Sunset Beach on both sides. However, there is not as much soft sand at this beach.
A large portion of Sunset beach consists of a large slab of rocks, which can make it uncomfortable for entering and exiting the water depending on the tide.
Do be careful when swimming at Sunset Beach, as the waves can also be strong here.
The Sandy Beach Club offers a wide range of western food and local food menu, with amazing cocktail selections as well. Head over for a sunset happy hour or dinner during your stay – it’s an experience you don’t want to miss!
Oh, and don’t forget to try their lemon tart for dessert – it’s delightful!
#4. Mangrove Beach Nusa Lembongan
The mangrove forest is located at the north end of the island, and it is a beautiful location that you should definitely visit during your Nusa Lembongan trip.
You should know, however, that Nusa Lembongan day trip tours utilize this area during the day for marine activities, and it is extremely crowded here, particularly between 10am to 4pm.
You can read more tips about how you can make the best of your Nusa Lembongan holidays here, but I say avoid visiting the mangroves during the peak hours. But, if you enjoy mingling with the crowd, head over to the mangrove forest for stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, and snorkeling.
Also, if you are looking for snorkeling spots on Nusa Lembongan, you can find a ton of colorful tropical fishes around the mangroves!
There are plenty of warungs and marine sports facilities where you can rent equipment by the hour or for the day.
#5. Jungut Batu Beach
Jungut Batu is a long stretch of shoreline located on the north side of the island. While Jungut Batu beach does not offer the dramatic cliffside views or the vibrant baby blue ocean, the waters here are perhaps the calmest and easiest to get in for a quick dip or a swim.
Even though some parts of the beach can be covered in broken corals and pebbles, the beach is mostly sandy, making it an optimal location for a beach day. There are a ton of restaurants, cafes and warungs lined up along the shore, so you will not have a shortage of options for a meal break.
At the northern corner of Jungut Batu Beach is Mahigiri Resort – the private beach here is combed daily to ensure fine, powdery sand– and the property is huge, so you can lay in the sand or use one of their bean bags or lounge chairs. Or, go hang out by their amazing pool!
Due to the unique location of this resort, it’s one of the rare places where you can enjoy both sunrise or sunset – and on a clear day, you can even see the magnificent Mount Agung across the sea!
** Since this post was published, it appears that Mahagiri has enforced a new policy to only allow resort guests onto their premises. Which may not be a bad thing if you want to enjoy the beautiful facilities without disruption from random stragglers!
Where to Stay in Nusa Lembongan:
Nusa Lembongan Hotels
Fortunately, Nusa Lembongan is just small enough that you can get from one corner of the island to the other in less than 30 minutes with a motorbike.
So you don’t need to concern yourself with which area of the island to stay, because you can access all the hot spots from just about anywhere.
Starting ~$25/night for a fan double room. $35/night for AC double room
These spacious, clean, and unique bungalows are constructed bi-level, with hammock and day bed on the first level (open air) and the bedroom on the second level.
Located on the beach and smack in the middle of Jungut Batu, you can’t beat this incredible value.
Starting ~$50 with breakfast
These cute little huts are not only spacious and clean but just a walking distance from the Dream Beach and Devil’s Tear. There are only 5 huts, so you can enjoy a peaceful time relaxing by the pool.
Did I mention their awesome outdoor shower!?
Starting at ~$150 with breakfast
Situated on the cliffs overlooking the Jungut Batu coastline, this stunning resort offers everything in-house from restaurant/bar to a fitness center. With an infinity pool facing the magnificent Mt. Agung, you will find it very hard to leave this resort.
Summary of Nusa Lembongan Beaches
Each one of the Nusa Lembongan beaches offers a spectacular view in its own way, and while I have a few favorites, I say it’s worth seeing all! Since the island is small enough to get around in a day, why not go beach hopping, explore all the Lembongan treasures and find your own paradise!
By the way, if you ever get tired of beach bumming (although it’s hard to get bored on this island), and wonder what to do in Nusa Lembongan, don’t forget that there are world-class diving and surfing here!
Travelers from all over the world flock to Nusa Lembongan to see the mola molas (sunfish) and the manta rays – make sure these are on your Bali bucket list as well!
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